Empire Records

Movie review by Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

'90s cult comedy-drama has sex/drug references, language.

PG-13 1996 90 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

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age 15+

Inappropriate content for younger viewers but fun

Includes inappropriate content and cringe-worthy moments, but it's also a fun movie about second chances with great music. Whether to watch or not depends on the family. My 13-year-old is very responsible, and I'd rather watch uncomfortable topics with her so we can talk about it. I'm sure they find worse on YouTube when we're not looking. We enjoy the movie overall and wish it had more diversity. If you prefer to avoid or postpone exposure to topics including teen sex, suicidal thoughts, and addiction, don't watch this.
age 17+

Completely inappropriate for young teens

This movie plays off two underage girls throwing themselves at an aging teen idol (aka someone old enough to be their father. One of the songs in the movie and soundtrack talk about licking between a girl's thighs, the words are explicit (Sugar High by Coyote Shivers). Suicide attempt is kind of blown off and made light of. Don't get me wrong I love this movie and can definitely rattle off some quotes. "Do you think I will be held responsible for this." "It's Rex Manning day!" "Don't let the man get you down." That being said there is no way in the world I would allow my 13 year old son watch this. I come here to try to be aware and protect my kids. I may have to serious rethink about the tools I am using.

This title has:

Too much sex

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